People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
As human populations increase in size, extent, and diversity, natural resource planners and policymakers must address growing concerns about a wide range of environments. To make the best decisions – for people and for nature – they need information about how people and natural environments influence each other in rural and urban areas and everywhere in between. That is the focus of the People and Their Environments research unit.
Staffed with social scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, People and Their Environments is one of only a few Forest Service research work units that studies the human component of natural resource management. Our expertise ranges across the social science disciplines: economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and related fields like landscape architecture, recreation, and planning.
Our Research Areas
- Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses
- Perceptions and Experiences of Nature
- People’s Outdoor Activities
- Environmental Values
- Natural Resource Disturbances
- Urban Ecology
- Rigolon, Alessandro ; Stewart, William P.; Gobster, Paul H. 2020. What predicts the demand and sale of vacant public properties? Urban greening and gentrification in Chicago. Cities
- Bengston, David N.; Westphal, Lynne M.; Dockry, Michael J. 2020. Back from the Future: The Backcasting Wheel for Mapping a Pathway to a Preferred Future. World Futures Review
- Gobster, Paul H.; Schneider, Ingrid E.; Floress, Kristin M.; Haines, Anna L.; Arnberger, Arne ; Dockry, Michael J.; Benton, Claire 2020. Understanding the key characteristics and challenges of pine barrens restoration: Insights from a Delphi survey of forest land managers and researchers. Restoration Ecology. ?39 p.
- Weiss, Gerhard ; Emery, Marla ; Corradini, Guilia ; Zivojinovic, Ivana 2020. New Values of Non-Wood Forest Products. Forests
- Gobster, Paul H.; Rigolon, Alessandro ; Hadavi, Sara ; Stewart, William P. 2020. The condition-care scale: A practical approach to monitoring progress in vacant lot stewardship programs. Landscape and Urban Planning
- Marzano, Mariella ; Hall, Clare ; Dandy, Norman ; LeBlanc Fisher, Cherie ; Diss-Torrance, Andrea ; Haight, Robert G. 2020. Lessons from the Frontline: Exploring How Stakeholders May Respond to Emerald Ash Borer Management in Europe. Forests
- Bushaj, Sabah ; Buyuktahtakin, I Esra; Yemshanov, Denys ; Haight, Robert G. 2020. Optimizing surveillance and management of emerald ash borer in urban environments. Natural Resource Modeling
- Snyder, Stephanie A.; Blinn, Charles R.; Peterson, Rachel R. 2020. Examining Loggers' Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Invasive Forest Plants: A Minnesota Case Study. Journal of Sustainable Forestry
- Sachdeva, Sonya 2020. Chapter 17: Using social media for research and monitoring the changing landscape of public land use. In: Selin, Steven; Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Miller, Anna B., eds. 2020. Igniting research for outdoor recreation: linking science, policy, and action. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-987. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 257 p.
- Sachdeva, Sonya ; Zhao, Jiaying 2020. Distinct impacts of financial scarcity and natural resource scarcity on sustainable choices and motivations. Journal of Consumer Behaviour
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